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Overview Twelve essays by a multidisciplinary panel of distinguished scholars present a coherent, panoramic picture of the formation of the Christian community. Richard Ascough, Alan Segal, and Peter Richardson explore Greco-Roman and Jewish organizational models. Craig Evans, Richard Longenecker, Scott Bartchy, and Howard Marshall present evidence of early community formation from the Gospels, the major Pauline letters, Acts, and the Pastoral Epistles.
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Richard N. Longenecker is professor emeritus of New Testament at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. His many other books include The Christology of Early Jewish Christianity, Biblical Exegesis in the Apostolic Period, New Testament Social Ethics for Today, Introducing Romans: Critical Issues in Paul's Most Famous Letter, and the New International Greek Testament Commentary volume on Romans.
Richard N. Longenecker currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario.
Richard N. Longenecker has published or released items in the following series...
McMaster New Testament Studies
New International Greek Testament Commentary (Nigtc)
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Outstanding book on biblical and historical backgrounds of church leadership structures Nov 23, 2008
The subject of this book is church leadership structures. It addresses the question: "What are bishops, elders and deacons?"
There are 11 chapters plus a fantastic introduction to the history of the debate by editor Richard Longenecker. "Most of the chapters in this volume were originally presented at the Bingham Colloquium, held June 26-27, 2000, at McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada" (xvii). I will highlight the chapters I happened to find particularly helpful. I found the first two chapters by Richard Ascough on Greco-Roman associations, and Alan Segal on the Jewish institutions, to be excellent concise descriptions of the context from which the church emerged. Then there are chapters by well known New Testament scholars Craig A. Evans, Richard Longenecker, and I. Howard Marshall on the church in the Gospels, Paul, and the Pastoral Epistles respectively. Frances Young traces the development of the forms of church leadership in the whole New Testament and into the Greek fathers--arguing that probably elders meant "senior citizens" and not a church office. Finally, there is a brilliant essay by theologian John Webster on how church leadership should be considered; an interesting essay by David Hester about the development of Presbyterian polity and whether it is still valuable today; and then finally a summary by Miroslav Volf of his book After Our Likeness. If I were teaching ecclesiology in a seminary, I would require all of these essays. They are concise and well-written by outstanding scholars.
Because of my own interests, I did not delve into the chapters by Peter Richardson, Scott Bartchy, and Alan Hayes.
I will also list a few other books that are related to the study of the development of church offices. What Are They Saying About the Formation of Pauline Churches? New Wine into Fresh Wineskins: Contextualizing the Early Christian Confessions After Our Likeness: The Church As the Image of the Trinity (Sacra Doctrina) Vision for the Church: Studies in Early Christian Ecclesiology Mission-Shaped Church: Church Planting and Fresh Expressions of Church in a Changing Context Church, Ministry, & Sacraments in the New Testament A Royal Priesthood: A Theology of Ordained Ministry The Fullness of Christ: Paul's Revolutionary Vision of Universal Ministry Listening to the Spirit in the Text